Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice major

The double major will encompass a wide range of disciplines within the health and medical sciences. It will provide students the background knowledge across all the biomedical scientific disciplines including, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, haematology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and public health. These disciplines will be integrated within level 3 units, where science, clinical and professional content will be presented longitudinally and built around the core clinical conditions and presentations.

Communication and research skills for the health professional will be presented throughout the major. The major will include studies on aspects of Australian society and culture, including Aboriginal health and migrant and refugee health.

The Medicine Specialisation is taught across two 18 week semesters in level 3.

This major is only available to students on direct pathways to the Doctor of Medicine and those offered specific entry at time of admission.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) Explain basic body plan, organisation, histology, physiology, cell communication and cell biology; (2) explain basic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and human heredity; (3) integrate knowledge on metabolic function and nutrition, cell cycle and signaling and disregulation causing cancer; (4) promote and participate in discussions on aspects of public and population health, epidemiology, Aboriginal, migrant and refugee health, healthcare systems and resource allocation in Australia; (5) explain basic body defences, including immune system structure and function, microbials and infection; (6) integrate knowledge on blood and blood pathologies, drug delivery and metabolism and associated pharmacological aspects; (7) discuss the importance of appropriate communication in the health profession.; (8) demonstrate an understanding of religious, social and cultural differences within Australia.; (9) demonstrate basic research skills, including medical research design, evidence and association and statistical analyses.; (10) explain human embryology and development, the human genome and aetiology of disorders associated with genetic abnormalities; (11) demonstrate sound knowledge of sciences in the chosen specialised disciplinary area; and (12) apply sciences knowledge in clinical settings within the chosen specialised disciplinary area.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

(1A) Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher; or
(1B) MATH1720 as a bridging unit.

(2A) Chemistry ATAR or equivalent; or
(2B) CHEM1003 as a bridging unit.

(3) Prior to commencing level 3 units, students must:
(A) comply with the Faculty's Infection Control Requirements as appended to the UWA policies on Admission and Student Enrolment; and
(B) must show first aid competence equivalent to assessment requirements for HLTAID003, valid for no more than three years, and
(C) provide a clear current Australian National Police Clearance or
equivalent certification.

Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP006 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • four Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • two Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Students without WACE or ATAR Chemistry are required to complete CHEM1003 in first year. Students who do not have ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, are required to complete MATH1720 in their first year.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major,
or
Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice (IMSCP) major,
or
Vision Science Major (VISSC),
or
the Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (ENGSC) major
S1 IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major,
or
Integrated Medical Science and Clinical Practice (IMSCP) major,
or
Vision Science (VISSC) major.
S2 IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Prerequisites:
IMED1001 Form and Function
and
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Co-requisites:
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
S2 IMED1004 Health and Society
Prerequisites:
IMED1001 Form and Function
and
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Co-requisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Bridging units
Take units if applicable:

Students without WACE or ATAR Chemistry are required to complete CHEM1003 in first year. Students who do not have ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, are required to complete MATH1720 in their first year.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent
or
more) in Chemistry ATAR
or
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry,
or
equivalent.
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
or
greater)
or
equivalent
or
higher.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED2001 Body Defences
Prerequisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Co-requisites:
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
S1 IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Prerequisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Co-requisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
S2 IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies
Prerequisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
and
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Co-requisites:
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
S2 IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Prerequisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
and
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Co-requisites:
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (48 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS IMED3111 Integrated Medical Systems 1
Prerequisites:
1. 96 points credit including completion of all level 2 units in Major of Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice (MJD-IMSCP);
or
Enrolment in Doctor of Medicine 91850. 2. Students must comply with the requirements of the Faculty's Infection Control Requirements prior before commencement of year 3, and during enrolment in year 3. 3. Students must show first aid competence equivalent to assesment requirements for HLTAID003, valid for no more than three years at the time of enrolment in this unit
NS IMED3112 Integrated Medical Systems 2
Prerequisites:
IMED3111 Integrated Medical Systems 1.

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course. (You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.)

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .